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5 Nursing Stereotypes Debunked

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

Naughty Nurse

2. The Naughty Nurse Stereotype

The sexual connotation of the nursing role is popular with Halloween costumes and college parties, but isn’t appreciated among professionals – especially female nurses. The phrase “Hellooo nurse!” was used in vaudeville for nursing characters that dressed suggestively on stage.

Shows like M*A*S*H suggest that nurses and doctors are more than just hospital coworkers. In HawthoRNe, the character Candy Sullivan, played by Christina Moore, often acts like the stereotypical naughty nurse. Along the lines of sexy stereotypes like the “naughty cop” and “sexy flight attendant,” this label is more about the idea of a sexual fantasy, than about the nursing profession itself.

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